This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Former South African President Nelson Mandela appeared on the television for the first time after falling ill. SABC TV on Monday broadcasted the visit made by South African and African National Congress president Jacob Zuma at Mandela’s residence in Johannesburg.
“After receiving a briefing from the medical team, the national officials are satisfied that President Mandela is in good health and is receiving the very best medical care,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu confirmed shortly after the visit.
President Zuma remained content over the improved health condition of Nobel Prize winner Mandela. The footage shows Mandela who continuously stares ahead while his face expresses little emotions. Zuma was sitting next to the South African icon while ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC chairperson Baleka Mbethe were sitting behind him.
“We had some conversation with him, shook hands, he was smiling,” Zuma told the SABC. “He’s really up and about, [and] stabilized. We are very happy, we think he is fine.”
On the other hand, some viewers were offended by the video and reported their protest on social media.
Ranjeni Munusamy said: “Who’s the idiot who took a picture of Madiba with flash during the visit by ANC officials? Don’t they know it hurts his eyes?!”.
Another Twitter user commented: “After everything the man has done for us this is how we treat him. Like an animal at the zoo. Shame on us.”
Another person said: “After months of attacking media for “invading” Mandela’s privacy, ANC today released an invasive video of a clearly ailing and grim Mandela.”